King's College London (KCL) is the fourth oldest university in England and one of the top research universities in the UK. King's has particular strengths in biomedical science research and is the largest healthcare learning centre in Europe. This is in part because it includes the former medical schools of Guy's & St. Thomas's Hospitals and the world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry. More recently, it was the home of the Randall Institute (now the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics) where the key images that unlocked the structure of DNA were taken.

Achieving interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinarity is embedded in King's bioscience. No fewer than four different Faculties are involved in LIDo: Life Sciences and Medicine; Psychiatry , Psychology & Neuroscience; The Dental Institute; and Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Interdisciplinarity is built into our research units. For instance, the Division of Imaging Sciences and Bioengineering at St Thomas's Hospital has over 40 chemists, physicists, mathematicians and bioengineers working with clinicians to develop new imaging modalities, and to bring new precision to diagnosis with advanced image processing. As an example of a basic science unit, the Randall Division has scientists from the Cardiovascular and Asthma and Allergy Divisions, as well as from the Physics and Chemistry Departments, embedded within it to facilitate the application of bioscience to clinical applications. The developmental and stem cell biologists, and biomaterials scientists, of the Dental Institute collaborate with colleagues in multiple other research Divisions. In our scientific imaging facilities, the Nikon Imaging Centre for fluorescence microscopy – one of only nine in the world - and the Centre for Ultrastructural Imaging for electron microscopy, physicists, cell and developmental biologists, pharmaceutical scientists and clinical pathologists mingle and pursue their own, and collaborative interdisciplinary, projects. Other major participants include the Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics, the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, one of five MRC Centres at King's, the most at any UK university..


As a place to work, King's enjoys five campuses at the Strand, Waterloo (near the South Bank), Guy's Campus (by The Shard), St. Thomas' (opposite Parliament) and Denmark Hill and has been described as London's most central university.